Authentic Indian food comes to Charleswood – Winnipeg Free Press

By on March 25, 2020

The mouth-watering flavour of authentic Indian cuisine is now available closer to home.
Amritsari Kulcha Point opened last year in Charleswood within the Food Studio building (3200 Roblin Blvd.), on Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the eatery is temporarily closed with the hopes of re-opening on April 5, depending on how the situation evolves.

Nitin Luthra runs the restaurant along with his wife, Nidhi, and one employee. The business is named after Luthra’s home city of Amritsari in Punjab, India. “Kulcha” is a classic dish that is unique to the area.

“I’ve been here in Winnipeg for 11 years. Back home in India my mom, Kiran Luthra, used to teach cooking classes. She had her students, and I learned from her,” said Luthra, an East Kildonan resident. “I always enjoyed cooking in my home. It was my passion, so I decided to start with this.”

At first, Luthra only advertised his business within his own cultural community. Recently, he began to create Facebook posts for St. James and Charleswood community groups. Since then, the response has been overwhelmingly positive as local residents discovered the hidden gem.

“It’s always super busy and people keep coming. Our menu is totally different and there’s not anywhere in Winnipeg that you’re going to get this kind of food,” he said.

“If you order butter chicken somewhere else, they give you boneless chicken in the gravy. They call this butter chicken, but we don’t do that. For the real butter chicken, you barbecue the chicken first separately and then put it in the gravy with the bone.”

Some menu items change week by week while others remain constant. Other popular options include minced lamb or goat stuffed in naan bread with gravy. Vegetarians might prefer naan bread stuffed with potatoes along with chickpea curry. Dessert is also available, such as fresh fruit cream.

The portions are larger than average, Luthra adds, so a full size order can typically feed two adults plus a child.

Meals are available for takeout, and several tables are also set up in the restaurant for those who prefer to dine in. Since the space fills up quickly, Luthra recommends calling ahead to make a reservation.

“We always cook everything fresh,” Luthra notes, “so it takes more time compared to other restaurants.”

In addition to operating Amritsari Kulcha Point, the Luthras both work full-time jobs from Monday to Friday. As a second side business, they operate another company called Futuristic Healthy Meal (, which offers delivery of individually packaged Keto meals in insulated boxes to anywhere in the city.

Looking ahead, they hope to find a space where they can set up their restaurant full time to make it their primary focus.

For more information, visit the Facebook page for Amritsari Kulcha Point or call or text Luthra at 204-292-1239

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